Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Quarters (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 40,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 6.2500g
ASW: 0.1808oz
Melt Value: $3.15 (5/30/2017)
Diameter: 24.3mm
Edge: Reeded
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1913 S 25C MS obverse 1913 S 25C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The last of the Big Three Barber Quarter rarities, 1913-S has the lowest mintage, yet it's more available than the key 1901-S. This is a reflection that it was only 20 years old when coin collecting became very popular in the mid 1930s, whereas the earlier issue was then 30+ years old. The difference of a dozen years was enough to make the survival rate significantly higher for this date. A fair number were deliberately saved in grades from AG through VG by persons filling early coin boards, though ones in the higher circulated grades are very rare. Mint State coins are in limited supply, but their numbers suggest that at least one roll was saved for future collectors. Gems are available, and they command very hefty premiums.

The low mintage of this issue was a by-product of an economic recession that hung over the nation during 1913-14 and lingered into the following year.

David Lawrence identified two mintmark positions that varied just slightly and a single obverse die. These are important diagnostic points for authentication, though 1913-S seems to be less subject to added mintmarks than the other key dates, 1896-S and 1901-S.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/25/2016

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1913 S 25C MS
Base $ 1600 2350 5200 7650 9900 12000 13000 14000 15750 16750 17750 19750 21500 26000 33500 45500 65000 130000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 49750 77500 -

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Total Graded: 512
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: G
High Grade: 67

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6/11/2017 AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7415

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12/15/2004 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 1975, 1975/Lot# 1457 $577.50
3/28/2009 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 1129 $4,025.00
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7118 $12,650.00
9/13/2011 NGC G 4   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2781 $1,322.50
9/2/2012 NGC VG 8   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1345 $1,955.00
1/27/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 736, 745/Lot# 4148 $2,105.00
2/7/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3786 $7,050.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5615 $21,737.50
7/6/2014 NGC AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 137781 $725.00

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NGC Registry Score 1913 S 25C MS
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